Scone Race 8 No.4 I’m Usain – $3.20
Forget I’m Usain’s last start, he never handled the heavy surface at Wyong behind talented three year old Mesa. But he’s previous two efforts this time in read very well for a race like this – first up he loomed to win at Warwick Farm before just fading a touch late behind Floral Insight and subsequent stakeswinning three year old Redzel, and he followed that up with another quality effort over the 1000m at the Farm when beaten less than a length by Painte. They’ve given a small freshen up since that Wyong failure and he finds himself in a great scenario to bounce back – he loves racing at Scone, he’s proven over the 1100m here, he draws the fence and he looks very well in after the claim. It all adds up to him being very hard to beat.
Grafton Race 9 No.13 Hollywood Barbie – $5.50
Like most in this field, Hollywood Barbie has struggled to win in her career having crossed the line first in just one of her 16 starts. But she’s ticking along nicely this prep and brings decent form into a race like this – two back she worked home nicely behind smart stablemate Kebede over the 1400m at the Gold Coast, before chasing home Wewonya at the Gold Coast over a mile. She steps up a touch more in distance here, which she seems to be looking for at this stage of her career, and there should be some semblance of pace up front with the big field engaged. Think she’s very close to another victory and this looks a suitable race for that to happen in.
Scone Race 5 No.12 Sweet Eagle – $4.40
David Vandyke’s stable is flying and he brings a nice recent Warwick Farm trial winner to Scone for what looks a very winnable maiden. Sweet Eagle, a half to three individual stakeswinners, displayed handy speed when prevailing fairly comfortably in that trial and the plan is if she can win this they’ll be back here for the rich Inglis Challenge race in four weeks time – she’ll get every hope from the nice draw and Blake Spriggs, who’s ridden her in her last two trials, will be aboard which is only plus with his knowledge of her racing tendencies. Think she returns in a month with a win already under her belt.
Werribee Race 4 No.10 Fair Isle – $2.30
A beautifully bred filly by Fastnet Rock from VRC Oaks placegetter Miss Scarlatti, Fair Isle doesn’t possess either of her parents’ ability but she’s struck a maiden here without too much solid form engaged and she looks set to peak. The form out her first two runs this time in reads good for this, especially her decent effort behind Quilate and Mount Omei, the latter which has broken her maiden status since. Gets up to a mile, which she’s looking for, and although she’ll have to beat some older types, they really do look a limited bunch. .